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Ukraine Opposition Blocks Parliament Session After Brawl

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine opposition lawmakers have physically blocked the parliament speaker’s podium to prevent debate on a language law that sparked a brawl, sending a lawmaker to the hospital. Parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn on Friday said the fight showed that the body could no longer work together and called for the chamber to be disbanded and early […]

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Ukraine Parlaiment Scuffle Sends Lawmaker to the Hospital

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A violent brawl erupted in the Ukrainian parliament Thursday, sending at least one lawmaker to the hospital. Lawmakers loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich scuffled with opposition legislators over the use of Russian as an official language in the predominantly Russian speaking eastern region. President Yanukovich supports the pro-Russian bill, but the pro-Western opposition lawmakers say […]

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Lithuanian President Visits Imprisoned Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in Hospital

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has become the first foreign leader to visit former Ukranian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the hospital since her transfer from a prison cell. After the Friday meeting, Ms. Grybauskaite told reporters she fears that what started as a boycott by European leaders of a summit to be held in Ukraine […]

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Ends Hunger Strike

Posted May 9th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has ended her nearly three-week hunger strike after being moved from prison to a local hospital. A German doctor treating Ms. Tymoshenko said Wednesday she halted the hunger strike and that medical experts are preparing her for a normal eating routine. Ukrainian police escorted Ms. Tymoshenko Wednesday to […]

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Plans to End Hunger Strike

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The daughter of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko says her mother will end her hunger strike, after agreeing to be hospitalized and treated by a German doctor. Yevgenia Tymoshenko says her mother will be transferred Wednesday to a hospital in the city of Kharkiv, where she is imprisoned. Ms. Tymoshenko has been on […]

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Ukraine Calls Off Summit After EU Boycott Over Tymoshenko Case

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine has postponed a planned summit of Central and Eastern European leaders, after some of them pulled out to protest the treatment of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the summit will be held at a later date due to the inability of some European heads of state to […]

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Tymoshenko’s Daughter Meets German Minister

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The daughter of imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is in Germany, in a bid to increase pressure on the Ukrainian leadership to release her mother for medical treatment. Yevgenia Tymoshenko was due to meet in Berlin Monday with Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to discuss her mother’s case and the rule of law in […]

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Germany Threatens to Block Ukraine-EU Deal Over Jailed Opposition Leader

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Germany’s foreign minister is threatening to block a political and trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union if jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is not given adequate health care. Guido Westerwelle said on German television Wednesday that Germany cannot ratify an “association agreement” between the EU and Ukraine if Kiev does not abide by […]

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US Calls on Ukraine to Release Tymoshenko

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is calling for the release of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other imprisoned members of her former government. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is “deeply concerned” about Ms. Tymoshenko’s treatment. Clinton urged Ukrainian authorities to ensure Ms. Tymoshenko receive immediate medical assistance in an appropriate […]

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USTR Puts Ukraine on Intellectual Property Priority Watch List

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has put Ukraine on its Priority Watch List of countries failing to properly protect intellectual property rights. Washington says it is seriously concerned with counterfeiting and rampant piracy in Ukraine, including Internet piracy. Ukraine joins 12 other countries that officials say will be under particularly intense bilateral engagement during 2012. The other […]

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